DIXON - Rita Crundwell appeared before a
judge for the first time in the city she allegedly robbed blind. The former
Judge Ronald Jacobson did not have to read all 60 felony theft counts against Crundwell; she waived her right to have those read to her. Crundwell plead, "not guilty," to all charges on Wednesday.
Wednesday was the first time many in
town say they've seen Crundwell in
"She looks very sad and dejected looking," said Dixon Mayor James Burke.
Burke says he believes Crundwell's
been residing with her boyfriend at his residence in
"That's why we went to the State's Attorney; we want to make sure that she's incarcerated for a long time," said Burke.
"As tragic as it is when you think about the amount of money and the amount heartache that she's caused this community and everybody in it, she should pay for that."
Crundwell left the courthouse
through the front of the building, meeting a barrage of reporters asking if she
wanted to say anything in her defense.
She made no comment as she was escorted to her car by her new attorney,
Bob Thompson, the
"Obviously there couldn't have been any conscience going on when she was doing that. So if a person is without conscience, she probably can't be feeling too guilty," said Burke.
Crundwell's next court appearance is
set for December 19th at 1:30 PM at the Lee County Courthouse. She's due back in court in federal court in